THE NUMBER SERIES: Entrance Hall 1810
Renovation of selected ground floor common spaces, Kranj Grammar School, Kranj, Slovenia, 2018
Numbers as large scale interior furniture.
Kranj Grammar School is listed as the oldest grammar school in Slovenia. The institution was founded in 1810, the building in which it is located, was built in 1897. The building got its first extension in 1903 and the second in 1979. The older part of the building built during the Austro-Hungarian times, is protected as a cultural heritage and is therefore more complex and sensitive to renovate.
Our interior scheme design proposes a renovation of three key ground floor common spaces, namely both entry halls (eastern and western) and a multipurpose hall/gym on the site of the former atrium in the center of the school. A set of these three common areas for socializing and various cultural and sporting activities is forming a new central school axis where common leisure areas are open and visually connected.
First in the series of new interventions - the '1810 entry hall', located in the historical part of the school building, becomes a formal entry space where we intervene with insertion of carefully selected numbers of unusually large scale, playfully dispersed around the historical hall. Selected numbers “1, 8, 1, 0” act as unique pieces of furniture that invite school staff, students and random visitors to sit, interact, explore and gather various information. At the same time, the chosen numbers celebrate the important year when Auguste de Marmont, the governor of Illyrian Provinces, established the school institution and create a strong visual and spatial identity.
Location: Kranj, Slovenia
Project date: 2016
Completion date: 2018 (1st phase)
Area: 1040 m2 (1st phase: 95 m2)
Client: Kranj Grammar School
Project team: Jure Hrovat, Ana Kosi, Ana Krec, Ziga Roser, Barbara Zunkovic
Photographer: Matevž Paternoster
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